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Tim: A Mental Health Champion!

Emmaus Homes - Friday, June 29, 2018

What is a Mental Health Champion? A Mental Health Champion is someone who exemplifies courage, commitment and success in their own personal development. Someone who has faced challenges in their life and has been able to overcome them. Someone who is an inspiration and uses their successes and ability to enrich the lives of others.

Despite the challenges he faced, Tim was determined to better his life. One of his biggest achievements was his goal to lose weight. In the past year and a half, Tim has lost 105 pounds attributed to his motivation for a healthy lifestyle change. Tim accomplished this feat by doing many things including strategically managing his diet. Tim has only been ordering healthy prepared meals at restaurants, and has also been eating lots of organic vegetables that he impressively grows himself in his Garden Tower at home.

Self advocacy is another example of Tim's determination to better his life. Since taking a self advocacy class titled STIR, Tim is more confident in standing up for himself and articulating his wants and needs. He's done a beautiful job in negotiating his position and opinions with his housemates should they disagree or think otherwise.

Tim has also recently spoken to our Client Services Management team regarding his weight loss. His presentation included the belief that if he can do it, anyone that is supported by Emmaus can do it. He gave examples of what actions he took in order to lose the weight and what he does to keep the weight off. In addition to inspiring others to be healthy, Tim also volunteers delivering meals to home-bound individuals twice a week. His visits provide opportunities for others to socialize and interact with folks in the outside world. Tim enjoys making others happy and he is always ready to help with an upbeat attitude!

Tim wants to be a mentor for others with a developmental disability and he will do whatever he can to support a friend, a family member, a neighbor and even a stranger. He does not see his personal challenges as "deficits". He sees it as an opportunity to learn something new and to be an instrument of positivity in the world. His support team and family have been quite impressed with is commitment to his personal goals.

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